Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Nia Pinot Noir California 2016
This 2016 Nia Pinot Noir is the second vintage that we have seen and as impressed as we were with the 2015, the 2016 Pinot might be even better. Just as exciting is that they have maintained their $9.99 price making this one of the top Pinot Noir values. The grapes are primarily sourced from California's Mendocino County. The vineyard is located just north of Ukiah in the heart of the Mendocino AVA. The vines range in age from nine to 11 years and are split between two clones: Pommard and Wadenswil. The wine is rested in used French barriques for a period of six months. Buy this one by the case!
Nia translates as intention or will in a number of languages. The intent of the creators of Nia was to create the best value Pinot Noir. The wines are crafted by Ed Killian, a veteran California winemaker with over 30 years of experience. Killian has been the lead winemaker at Chateau Souverain since 1995. Nia's creator, Phil Laramore, had a line on some great Pinot Noir in Mendocino County just north of Ukiah. The lovely fruit along with Killian's touch conspire to create a Pinot Noir that would turn heads at twice the price. Buy these wines by the case.
Brilliant, medium ruby color. The nose is moderately intense offering scents of red cherry and raspberry with supporting notes of pomegranate, mineral, and hints of black tea. The palate echoes the nose delivering a red fruit-driven core with flavors of red currant and rose petals. The finish is long and lingering with subtle tart cherry accents and supple tannins. Medium-bodied and perfectly balanced with a silky texture.
How to Serve
All you need is a glass but the wine's bright acidity, tart fruits, and mineral make it a great choice at the table with everything from roasted fowl to grilled meat.
Price: $ 9.99
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